The Power of One, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


First with your head and then with your heart ... So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world.

For the young Peekay, its a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa.

Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.


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If you have seen the movie with Stephen Dorf the book is 10 times better. They changed the ending for the movie so they could not go on to make the sequel, namely Tandia.Bryce Courtney is one of my favourite writers, and I am always moved by his books.The power of one tells the story of Peekay and his journey from childhood to adulthood. It is set in South Africa and begins as Hitler comes to power in Germany. Race, friendship, death, and self-belief are all themes that run through this story.

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He certainly tells a ripping yarn, that Bryce Courtenay. It was interesting to read about the difference of opinion between him and Peter Carey - with Carey lamenting the decline in reading serious literary novels, and Courtenay lambasting him for being a snob. Honestly I feel like Courtenay has a point - just because a book has literary pretentions, doesn't necessarily mean it's good.This was a fun read, some really interesting history - I've read very little about South Africa, or Africa in general. And I was even almost thinking about giving it five stars. Until the ending. <spoiler>Because really? That's the way you want to end the story circle? With revenge? With brutal bloody revenge? That's the person you want him to be after the journey he's had? This is me, muttering with disappointment *mutters*</spoiler>

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